The Toronto Raptors haven't exactly done a great job of shutting down the trade rumors surrounding Pascal Siakam, implying they are still considering a move that could send their All-Star and All-NBA center away as they try to begin a new era built fully around Scottie Barnes.
The Raptors have to be feeling good about their chances to get a quality haul for Siakam, as they were able to land two new solid offensive starters in RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley
\ in the OG Anunoby trade. Siakam's impending free agency is by no means a barrier that will prevent a good deal from getting done.
Toronto would obviously like to send Siakam to a spot where he could contend for yet another championship, but Masai Ujiri needs to put the idea of getting the best package possible in exchange for him at the top of the priority list as Toronto looks to finally turn the page on this era.
If the Raptors want to get a collection of veterans who help immediately, long-term young players who will be around alongside Barnes for the next few years, and some draft picks who could be used to further restock the cupboards, they need to trade with one of these four teams.
4 Pascal Siakam trade partners ranked by how much they would benefit the Toronto Raptors
4. Golden State Warriors
If the Dallas Mavericks are unwilling to include Tim Hardaway Jr. in any Siakam trade, the Raptors may need to consider trying to get Golden State, who is spiraling out of control right now, back on the phone. Toronto needs to be very firm in their demands from Mike Dunleavy and their front office.
The only reason the Warriors are winning out over Dallas is because they have Jonathan Kuminga and more tradeable draft picks. Kuminga is a very flawed player with next to no value as a spacer and shooter, but none of Dallas' young players are anywhere close to either him or Moses Moody as players.
The Golden State Warriors could trade Jonathan Kuminga for Pascal Siakam.
The Warriors may not be overflowing with draft picks, but they certainly have enough to part with before the cupboards are totally barren. Getting a player like him for an expiring player would be viewed as a quality return, even with the Anunoby return looking better in comparison.
The Warriors are not only losing games, but they are doing so in a way that is so depressing for the once-mighty franchise that players are starting to get very irritated with what is going on. This could lead to some extra motivation to get a deal done for a difference-maker like Siakam.